BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Joey Waters and the other nine Union College seniors enjoyed their 'day' to the fullest Saturday as the Bulldogs registered a 50-13 rout over the visiting West Virginia Tech Bears in Mid-South Conference East action.
A week after becoming the first player to throw over 400 yards in a game, Waters (McDonough, Ga.) became the first Bulldog to throw over 500 yards as he completed 34-of-57 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns. The 34 completions tied the single-game record while the four touchdowns equaled Waters' career high.
This marked the fourth game in a row, and fifth overall, that Waters has thrown for more than 300 yards. He now has 2,915 passing yards on the season and a school-record 24 touchdowns.
Union (3-7 overall, 1-3 MSC East) dominated the line of scrimmage, outgaining West Virginia Tech 565-185 in total offense. West Virginia Tech didn't even have possession inside the Union 20-yard line.
Waters wasn't the only senior to have a big day in the Bulldogs' final home game of the season. Ryan Chambers (McDonough, Ga.) hauled in six passes for 141 yards and two scores, while Shawn Kelly (Cold Springs, Ky.) moved into second place on the all-time receiving list as he caught six passes for 76 yards. Kelly now has 127 career receptions for 1,514 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also became the second player to amass 60 catches in a season as he now has 60 for 772 yards and six scores.
Senior running back David Hammer (Edmonton, Ky.) scored his first career touchdown as he ran for 13 yards on five carries.
Meanwhile, senior linebacker Patrick O'Neal (Lula, Ga.) posted double-digit tackles for the eighth time this season has he made 15 total stops with 2.5 going for a loss of four yards. He now has 123 tackles on the year.
Although it was "Senior Day," one freshman had a career day as well. James Hager (Micanopy, Fla.) tied the school record for field goals made in a game with three. Add to that five PATs, and Hager scored 14 points on the day. Hager also punted once for 35 yards and completed one pass for 17 yards on a fake punt.
Up 9-0 in the second, Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) scored on a 2-yard run to put Union ahead 16-0 with 7:48 left in the half. Hammer added a 2-yard scoring yard while Waters hit Chambers for a 68-yard touchdown pass as the Bulldogs took a 30-0 into the intermission.
Hager added field goals from 32 and 30 yards to put Union up 36-0 with 7:00 remaining in the third.
Chris Anderson put West Virginia Tech (1-9 overall, 0-4 MSC East) on the board when he returned an interception 87 yards for a score, making it 36-7 with 17 seconds left in the third.
Waters hit Pollock out on the flat, and the Bulldog tailback raced for the end zone for the 47-yard score, stretching the margin to 43-7 with 9:06 to go in the game.
West Virginia Tech then mounted a six-play, 67-yard scoring drive, capped by a James Thorne 30-yard pass to Rashard Gould with 6:55 remaining. The PAT was no good, leaving the score 43-13.
A 33-yard scoring pass to P.J. Burrowes (Middlesboro, Ky.) capped the scoring as Union won 50-13. Burrowes finished with seven catches and 131 yards, marking the first time this season Union's had two receivers with over 100 yards as Chambers had 141.
The 50 points are the ninth most Union has posted in a game in school history and the most since a 48-25 win over Cumberland (Tenn.) University in 2004. The 37-point margin of victory is the largest for the Bulldogs since a 57-6 win over Bethel (Tenn.) College in 1995.
For West Viriginia Tech, Thorne finished with 112 yards passing, completing 5-of-17 passes with two interceptions. Shedrick LoBrano led the Bears in rushing with 52 yards on 23 carries.
Union will close out the season next weekend at Georgetown (Ky.) College. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.